A TOWER run helped fundraisers climb to new heights in aid of Worcester's breast unit.

Runners in Broadway took to the hills to compete in the annual Broadway Tower Run.

More than 250 joggers negotiated the five-mile multi-terrain race, raising £2,000 for Worcestershire Breast Unit Haven and £500 for The UK Sepsis Trust.

The race, now in its sixth year, attracted maximum entries from local running clubs and solo joggers after the event continues to grow in popularity from humble beginnings in a bungalow in 2012.

The brainchild of local couple Liz and Roger Day, the Tower Run was originally set up to raise money for the Worcestershire Breast Unit Campaign after Liz received treatment for breast cancer from the surgeon leading the campaign, Mr Steven Thrush who also took part in this year's run.

The event, which weaves its way through the countryside around Broadway, has taken on legs of its own and grown to an annual race, attracting entries from across the county.

Amongst the many donations and backing from local businesses in Broadway, long-time supporter Admington Horse & Pony Fun Ride, once again provided a sizeable donation to the event.

Lexi Craigie, fundraising manager for Worcestershire Breast Unit Haven, said: “It’s fantastic to see so many local runners come together to help raise money for Worcestershire Breast Unit Haven.

“The race is so well organised and we love that is becoming a regular event in the diary for local running clubs.”

Organiser Liz Day said: “Once again, we have been overwhelmed by the support we have received, not just from the runners, but from the local people and businesses of Broadway.

"The breast unit and the UK Sepsis Trust are two charities close to our hearts, and this is our way of giving something back.

“It was a wonderful evening, and many congratulations to our winners. Plans are already under way for Broadway Tower Race 2019, so watch this space.”

The Worcestershire Breast Unit Haven charity (WBUH) provides vital services to women and men from across the county, and relies on fundraising to ensure it can continue to offer invaluable support.

To find out more about WBUH and its’ services, visit www.worcsbreastunithaven.com

Around 600 people in Worcestershire are diagnosed with breast cancer every year and one in three women will see a breast cancer specialist at some point in their life while one in 1,000 men will develop breast cancer.

The Worcestershire Breast Unit has been open since 2016, and is a vital source of support to patients undergoing investigation or treatment for breast cancer.